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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir Paperback – January 3, 2012
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“[Tyler] offers a colorful glimpse into his head as well as his life.... It’s got everything you want from a guilty pleasure: obscenity, revelation, bad behavior and humor. And, oh yeah, a beat you can dance to.” (NPR's All Things Considered)
“[A] colorful all-access pass to the rocker’s storied past…replete with hilarious Tylerisms, tales of debauchery and detox and Aerosmith’s fabled climb to superstardom...as well as warmer memories of relationships with his children, wives and friends...particularly Tyler’s toxic tangles with guitarist Joe Perry.” (USA Today)
“Steven Tyler has a way with words…Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? Is 376 pages of pure, unfiltered Tyler…Noise is compelling stuff…Tyler’s at times gripping, often hilarious voice keeps things moving….” (Rolling Stone)
“Tyler’s turbulently high-spirited cheer holds it all together.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Revealing…fascinating.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Steven Tyler is one of the giants of American music, who’s been influential for a whole generation of Rock-n-Roll fans around the world. Long May He Rock!” (Sir Paul McCartney)
“Steven Tyler is an unalloyed genius.” (New York Times)
“[Tyler’s] forays into music theory are absorbing snapshots of what goes into making great songs. When Tyler is able to articulate what went into Aerosmith’s music, the book becomes fascinating.” (Washington Post)
“[Tyler] delivers the goods…[his] surprisingly insightful and entertaining voice brings the familiar contours of this story alive.... What on the surface seems clichéd...manages somehow to rise above that and be a fun ride [and] separates a Rock Star from a merely ordinary pop star.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Roll ‘em: Tyler’s memoir is a wild ride. Explicit and filled with expletives, it reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards’ best-selling “Life.” Tyler, 63, settles back and tells story after story about life in the “most decadent, lecherous, sexiest, nastiest band in the land.”” (Associated Press)
“Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll…gets a booster shot of head-spinning authenticity in Steven Tyler’s brash memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?...a frank, full, and colorful accounting of the band’s tumultuous history.” (USA Today)
“The Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge delivers a no-holds-barred, ripsnorting (and rail-snorting) memoir that’s a crazy excursion into his entertaining mind.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“One of the book’s charms is Tyler’s lack of guilt or regret for anything in his life…Music fans will enjoy Tyler’s remembrances of the New York scene, dating from clubs like The Scene and Max’s Kansas City.” (New York Daily News)
“Strewn thought the book …are dozens of patented “Tylerisms” that can only come from his well-endowed motor-mouth.” (Houston Chronicle)
“Explicit and filled with expletives, the memoir—titled Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?—reads like an even wilder and louder version of Richards’ best-selling Life.” (The Oregonian (Portland))
“At turns completely hilarious, surprisingly (perhaps, to some) coherent, poignant and sordid -- a heart-rending read. Once you’ve started it, putting it down is not an option. It would be easier to ignore Tyler from the front row of an Aerosmith concert.” (Buffalo News)
“Tyler’s memory for detail makes for good reading.” (Detroit News)
From the Back Cover
The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick—and his beloved Janis Joplin—Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner Joe Perry. In this addictively readable memoir, told in the playful, poetic voice that is uniquely his own, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.
Tyler tells what it's like to be a living legend and the frontman of one of the world's most revered and infamous bands—the debauchery, the money, the notoriety, the fights, the motels and hotels, the elevators, limos, buses and jets, the rehab. He reveals the spiritual side that "gets lost behind the stereotype of the Sex Guy, the Drug Guy, the Demon of Screamin', the Terror of the Tropicana." And he talks about his epic romantic life and his relationship with his four children. As dazzling, bold, and out-on-the-edge as the man himself, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? is an all-access backstage pass into this extraordinary showman's life.
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Steven has a few regular themes in the book. One of them are his idea of what to do with lawyers, and another is the development of the toxic twins. Like the Glimmer twins, where the writing fires on the conflict and/or contrast, the toxic twins seem to fire on all cylinders with their friction. This is obviously Steven's side of the stories, especially since he tells about some events that contrast or conflict with his view of events in other books.
Anyway, I would basically say, as much as this book informs, the impression I got was that the book is primarily an experience, rather than a factual recount. I would contrast this with Keith Richards Auto-biography where the narrative is rather well done, and the detail is part of the experience. The auto-biography is definitely a great read, and definitely artistically a work of the Steven Tyler kind. Even the cover is unique and shows more of Steven's style than any other Rock bio I have read recently.
Definitely a highly recommended read; fun for fans of Steven, and of bands that have interacted with the Aerosmith phenomenon. If you like Tyler and his art, then this book is a must have.
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